Remember back in June when I wrote about putting my head above the parapet? Well, today is D-Day! I’m launching my exercise guides online – downloadable photo guides you can use at home, on holiday, at the gym/beach/park and it is mega-exciting! (Does anyone say mega anymore?)
It has taken ages to get to this point so it feels great to have achieved it. There is now a massive TICK next to one of my action points for this year. I’m feeling proud and a little apprehensive… but I’m sure that’ll pass. A few of my class members have already bought the whole lot, so that’s really encouraging. Thank you to them!
If you would like one or both of the Series for yourself or someone you know, you can order them from my website: https://www.cleanwellbeing.com/exercise-guides.html. For the price of a decent meal out or a few of my classes, you can have me with you at all times on your tablet, phone or laptop to keep forever. What a treat, you lucky people!
What price health? I've been thinking about this recently when I saw several posts on a community site about asking for fitness classes and personal trainers who are "really good but not stupidly expensive".
Now, I love a bargain like anyone else, and of course I want to get my money's worth. But this attitude of wanting the best but not being willing to pay for it struck a nerve. I realise that fitness instruction isn't rocket science/brain surgery/supremely complicated, but it does take skill and expertise, lots of training, motivation, a sense of reliability and dedication. A decent fitness instructor can transform lives, as long as clients want the transformation.
For the price of a couple of nice coffees, you can buy an hour's exercise class and, unlike the coffee, the real benefits can last for days. I realise it's a choice for everyone, it's all about balance and I know that my values aren't relevant to everyone - yet it's something about which I feel quite strongly. I hope it encourages people who are making a decision to spend money and effort on health and well-being to perhaps consider quality over quantity.
On another note, my friend Sue, who I've written about before - she's the amazing powerhouse of strength and one of the fittest people I know - is doing the 3 Peaks Challenge this weekend. (In this great heat?! Oof!) Good luck, Sue!
In the midst of all this sporting prowess, cave-diving miraculous news and fly-pasts, there is certainly much to celebrate and laud this week. I have been thinking about how there are some truly remarkable people and how great it is to have them around. There was a little part of me that wondered about my contribution to the world at a time of so much triumph and whether it could even vaguely compare… and perhaps wishing that I had Serena Williams’ strength and general fabulousness.
And then I realised something: when viewed dispassionately, certain accomplishments are truly beyond most people. Rather, we can be happier as appreciative spectators, not disappointed rivals, of those who have achieved great things. I believe we can all contribute, no matter how small it may seem to us – it still matters and can still be appreciated. So today, go out and share your talents!
In this interminable heat, I’m finding it difficult to sleep and am currently a bit of a narky zombie. So, it was very timely that this quote popped up in my inbox yesterday:
“Rest does not come with sleeping, it comes with waking. Real rest is possible only when we become free of illusion and we no longer struggle against life, with the idea that people should be, and do, what we want them to. So, be easy on yourself, easy with others and easy with the world around you.”
Perhaps it’s OK to be firing on fewer cylinders at the moment and let go of the struggle to always be 100% on it (or 110%, as we’re in the midst of World Cup fever!). What do you think?
Here's a photo of a sculpture pig having a rest in a flowerbed - from Greys Court #NT Sculpture Trail in June.
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